You don’t need Greenstone to have a green stone
Climate change is a hot topic lately, pardon the pun. With world leaders trying to reduce its effects and experts warning of the potential consequences of doing nothing, it seems everybody nowadays is trying to lower their carbon footprint as much as possible.
For some people, that involves putting the car keys down and strapping on a bike helmet. For others, it’s reducing the amount of meat they eat. Others will make use of reusable shopping bags.
These are all effective ways to limit your impact on the planet. But did you know that making use of, and diligently protecting, natural stone like granite, marble and limestone can be just as effective at going green?
Here are just a few of the green properties of stone.
It’s called natural stone for a reason
First of all, it’s all right there in the name. Like the Natural Stone Council says, “As a natural product, it is inherently earth-friendly.”
Stone looks beautiful on its own, without the help of artificial colours or pigments. Rather than being an artificial material with harmful chemicals and contaminants, you can be sure your natural stone will work harmoniously with the wider environment it was once a part of.
It’s safer to extract now
Once upon a time, when standards were lower, it was true that mining and quarrying stone could be an environmentally harmful process.
However, with people being increasingly eco-conscious and aware of their impact on the environment, quarrying is nowadays far more efficient and cleaner. In fact, for many companies, it’s a requirement that they restore the environment to its previous state when their job is done.
Not only that, but when compared to the creation of other building materials, the energy consumed to quarry stone is much smaller. And because it’s all natural, there’s no carbon dioxide being expunged in the process of making it.
On top of all that, the unused stone that’s extracted from a quarry can simply be returned to the quarry to fill in the gaps. It’s the lifecycle of nature, the stone returning from whence it came in the first place.
Stone is known for its versatility, with all kinds of different stone materials able to be used in a variety of situations – countertops, floor tiles, splashbacks, you name it.
This also means that, if a homeowner is tired of his current decor he or she doesn’t have to throw the material away – it can simply be used elsewhere, such as for paving.
Does the name Stonehenge ring a bell? The ancient monument has been sitting around on the hills of Wiltshire, England for 2,000 years – not bad for a group of old rocks.
It’s a testament to the long-lasting nature of stone. Even in some of the most punishing conditions out there, stone will keep on standing. That means that you don’t have to frequently replace it as you might with other materials, ultimately wasting precious resources.
We hasten to add, a stone’s only going to survive if it’s taken care of properly. While stone is a hardy material, it’s also porous, and over time can suffer some serious damage without the right surface protection.
All stone, no matter what you happen to use it for, needs to be sealed. If you’re wanting to make your stone extra environmentally-friendly, you might choose Dry-Treat’s META CRÈME™, the next generation of invisible, breathable, impregnating sealer.
META CRÈME™ is specially made with environmental principles in mind. It comes in a waste- and energy-minimizing recyclable pack, while being low on volatile organic compounds. Not only is this inherently more safe, but the fact that it makes cleaning easier means you have to use less cleaning chemicals.
The choice is clear: When you want to go green, go with natural stone.
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